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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Claiming compensation for a delay in treatment

    When you become sick or injured your first thought is to seek medical advice. This might be from your GP or it could be at an accident and emergency department, depending on the nature of the problem. In some cases you may then be referred to a hospital department to receive treatment for your issue.

    The one thing you do expect to get is prompt treatment. Obviously there are priorities here to think about, which means you may be seen more promptly than someone whose condition is less severe than yours. Alternatively it might be the other way around.

    However you wouldn’t expect to wait a disproportionate amount of time to receive the required treatment. In some cases there is the potential for a condition to get worse the longer it is left.

    This is why you will sometimes hear about cases where people are claiming compensation for a delay in treatment. It can be difficult to judge whether this is a reality in an individual case, but in some instances people might be recommended for early treatment and yet have to wait a long time for it for one reason or another.

    What effect could a delay in treatment have for an individual?

    In some cases it may be no more than an inconvenience. However some medical conditions can potentially get worse the longer they are left with no medical intervention. For example if someone were to have a lump that needed assessing to determine whether it was cancerous or not and there was a long delay in treatment, this could lead to a worse prognosis.

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    This is just one example – there are many others that can occur. This is why some people seek professional advice regarding their situation in terms of contacting a lawyer.

    If you want no-obligation advice on a similar situation, contact AAH now

    Our professional injury compensation lawyers are ready and waiting to provide you with the no-obligation advice you are looking for.

    Regardless of your situation, if you want to find out whether a compensation claim could meet with success, our team of professionals is waiting for your call.

    Use our free 24/7 enquiry line or opt to take our 30-second online test to find out more today. This is by far the best way to get the information you require, and it’s easier to access than you think.

    Date Published: November 19, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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